It is an understatement to say that Lionel Messi is a legend at Barcelona. Coming from the ranks of La Masia, Messi has gone on to become one of the best players in the world. His goal scoring and playmaking abilities are a delight to watch and it is safe to say that he makes them look phenomenal effortlessly. Although at times, when he’s linked with a move to the Premier League to join his former manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, it looks very unlikely that it might happen. After playing for Barcelona for more than a decade, the Argentine has his contract until 2021, meaning he would be at the age of 34 then and it is highly unlikely that he might want to leave the Catalans even then.
The Spaniard took some time to develop and it was after leaving Manchester United and joining his boyhood club Barcelona that he started finding his rhythm. Pique has been an important player in Barcelona’s success in the recent past. He has always been vocal about his love for the club as he aspires to become the club’s President one day post his retirement. Pique at the age of 30 looks more than settled and happy with the Catalans and is more than likely to retire at Barcelona only.
It was uncertain last summer if we may see Sergi Roberto for a longer duration given the links of him joining some of the big European clubs. But Roberto’s superb form and commitment towards the club has been more than assuring for the Catalan fans to not worry about his situation. His contract expires next year but it is almost confirmed that his contract would be renewed soon. The versatile Spaniard has a bright future ahead of him and can develop to his best with Barcelona.
Another product of the La Masia youth system which turned out to be no less than a blessing for Barcelona is Sergio Busquets. The Spaniard may not be the most physical and aggressive of midfielders but his reading and understanding of the game makes him one of the best midfielders in the world. It took him some time to get the right recognition but is now right where he belong and is at the peak of his career at the age of 29. It is no secret that the Spaniard would be at the club as long as he can play.
The Spaniard has been an amazing servant for FC Barcelona. With his best time coming under Pep Guardiola, Iniesta has only improved from there on. His passing and play-making have been world class over the years and surely Barcelona will feel a massive void when Iniesta decides to retire. It is unclear as to what Iniesta’s plans are post-retirement, but he will surely be with the Catalans when he decides to hang up his boots.